Monday 22 May 2017

Kerry star Donaghy named in new Ireland head coach's first basketball squad

30 January 2016; Kieran Donaghy, St Brendan's Tralee, in action against Andrius Lekavicius, Leixlip Nemunas. Men's Intermediate Basketball Cup Final, St Brendan's Tralee v Leixlip Nemunas, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE
30 January 2016; Kieran Donaghy, St Brendan's Tralee, in action against Andrius Lekavicius, Leixlip Nemunas. Men's Intermediate Basketball Cup Final, St Brendan's Tralee v Leixlip Nemunas, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Sam Barnes / SPORTSFILE

Former Kerry GAA captain Kieran Donaghy has been named in a 20-man Irish senior basketball squad.

Since Kerry’s defeat in the All-Ireland championship last summer, Donaghy has been concentrating on basketball with Garvey’s Tralee Warriors.

New head coach Pete Strickland named Donaghy in his first Ireland squad this afternoon.

Donaghy’s first sporting love was basketball and he played at underage level for Ireland before making his breakthrough in Gaelic football.

He made a sensational impact in his debut season in 2006 when drafted into the Kerry team at full forward and won All-Ireland medals in 2006, 2007 and 2009.

In 2014 he came off the bench in the closing stages of the All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo and inspired  a comeback which earned them a draw. They subsequently won the replay and he scored what turned out to be the winning goal in the All-Ireland decider against Donegal before winning an All Star.

He has yet to announce whether he plans to play with Kerry in 2017.

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